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Would You Like More Show with Those Commercials?

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So it was a quiet Saturday night of channel surfing for LAist, and we stumbled across a 2001 film, Role of a Lifetime with Scott Bakulaof Enterprise and Quantum Leap and Kathryn Morrisof CBS' Cold Case. The premise of this "drama" in a nutshell: A washed-up LA actor, presumed dead, turns up just as his biopic is being filmed. He auditions under another identity and -- quelle surprise -- he gets the part. Unfortunately, said actor finds out on the first day on the set that his wife is directing the picture. No worries, however, because no one recognizes him -- even without wearing the Clark Kent specs.

What bothered us even more than the cheesy storyline, and the even cheesier lite jazz soundtrack that seemed lifted from a broadcast of 94.7 The Wave, were the commercial breaks. At one point during the latter half of the screening on NBC, we counted a break every eight minutes. And most of those featured the head-scratching pairing of Snoop Doggand Lee Iacocca in the Chrystler ads.

Now we know why we usually go out on Saturday nights.